By the time we arrived at Kahana Valley it was around 7:15am. Walking quietly up the road towards the Hunter Checking Station. Veering right, we continued up the same road to the water tank that led me to Pauao Ridge months back. At the water tank we followed the Nakoa Trail which is clearly marked around the fence. The uluehe here had received a recent trimming which I'm guessing is also the work of the HTMC clearing crews.
Soon we arrived at the old WWII concrete emplacements from the jungle warfare training conducted during the 1940's. We stopped to check them out as well as a nice view of the valley just beyond.
I'd forgotten just how long the trek out of Waikane would be. Darkness descended rapidly and soon the only illumination was from our headlamps. The trail was in fantastic condition compared to what we'd just experienced so our speed had picked up despite the lateness of the day and our fatigue. There was one spot we lost the trail in a small valley but with so many ribbons placed there for aid we were back on track in less than a couple minutes.
|Sunrising over the Islet Moku Manu and Ulupau Crater|